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Rue chaude à Rotterdam

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Around the turn of the 20th century the Zandstraat area, also known as ‘the Polder’, is Rotterdam’s red light district. The quarter is swept away when Rotterdam town hall is built in 1912. In 1899 Van Dongen is working as a draughtsman for the Rotterdamsch Nieuwsblad. With the journalist Rie Brusse he devotes himself to recording the life and atmosphere there.

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Title Rue chaude à Rotterdam
Material and technique Black chalk and water colour
Object type
Drawing > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 284 mm
Width 441 mm
Artists Artist: Kees van Dongen
Accession number KvD 7 (PK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: Kees van Dongen 1937
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1937
Creation date in circa 1902
Internal exhibitions De grote ogen van Kees van Dongen (2010)
External exhibitions Van Dongen. Fauve, anarchiste et mondain (2011)
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Kees van Dongen

Delfshaven 1877 - Monte Carlo 1968

Cornelis Theodorus Maria van Dongen was born on 26 January 1877 in Delfshaven, then still a small independent port near Rotterdam. At the age of fifteen, Kees...

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